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Dorothy Walker

May 14, 1943 - Nov 24, 2023

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Roxbury, MA

Our dear mother, Dorothy Jean Walker (Haines), died peacefully on November 24, 2023, at the age of 80. Dorothy, known affectionately as Dottie, was born on May 14, 1943, at Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, MA. She spent most of her life in Boston, with brief stints in Rochester, NY, North Carolina, Florida, and California during her late teens and mid-twenties. Once she settled back in Boston, she worked odd jobs to support her children until she became an employee of Polaroid, Inc. She was a gr...Read More

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Percy G. Coren

Feb 07, 1952 - Feb 07, 2024

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Roxbury, MA

Percy G. Coren was born on February 7, 1952, and was the third of ten children, born to the late Susie C. Griffith in Greenville, Mississippi. Percy grew up attending Saint Peters Church with his family. At a young age, he did field work with his mother and siblings. As a child he attended Lucy L. Webb Elementary School, and as a teenager he went to T. L. Weston High School. In August of 1966 Percy, his mother, and the rest of his siblings moved to Boston, Massachusetts for a new beginning. Percy enrolled at Boston trade school learning the art of drafting. After graduating from trade high school in 1970 he secured a job at Boston Edison as a Field Service Technician -L3B and Meter Technician where he eventually retired. During his tenure at Boston Edison, Percy had to take time away because he was drafted by the US Army. He did his training in Fort Jackson, South Carolina and was assigned to Company A- 10th battalion. Percy is preceded in death by his mother Susie and siblings Samuel, Charles, Barbara, Ernest and Walter. Percy leaves to cherish his memories, daughters Ashleigh of Maryland, Amber and Kayla of Boston, seven sisters Doloris (Raphael), Susie of Memphis, Tennessee, Vera, Harriet, Timpie of Greenville, Bertha and Margaret; three brothers Randy (Lisa) of Florida Donearl (Marcia) of North Carolina and Willie (Francis). He is survived by a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. To to the family or in memory of Percy G. Coren, please

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Sabatino A. Pasquale

Died : Feb 17, 2024

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West Roxbury, MA

Sabatino A. “Sammy” Pasquale, age 67, of Brockton, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully, Saturday, February 17, 2024 at the West Roxbury VA Medical Center, in the comfort of his loving family. Sammy was born in Quincy, to the late Rudolph V. and Annamae (Eldeb) Pasquale. He was raised and educated in Quincy. He excelled in college level Algebra and Physics. He was a talented musician and songwriter, and enjoyed playing the guitar, keyboard, and saxophone. Music was always playing at the Pasquale home. He enjoyed spending time with family, playing accordion along with his father, and guitar with his cousins, Michael Spaur and the late William “Billy” Carullo. Sammy was also skilled in oil painting and loved to create and give away his paintings. Sammy proudly served in the United States Marine Corps during the 1970s. Prior to his military service, he was employed in Quincy as a restaurant cook and manager. As a young man, he was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. Over the years, he continued supporting his fellow veterans as a volunteer and musically entertaining at the Brockton VA Hospital. He donated items and was generous with his time and talents. He was kind and loved assisting those less fortunate. Devoted brother of Debra L. Pasquale and her husband Michael Patrizi of Halifax, Rosanne M. Smith and her husband James of Randolph. Loving uncle of Shayna, Kristi, Ashley, Ben, and Pat and their families. Sammy is also survived by countless loving aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and the Patrizi family. Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Tuesday, February 27, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Wednesday, February 28, at 10 a.m. Interment, with military honors, to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. For those who wish, donations in Sammy’s memory may be made to Disabled American Veterans, State House, 24 Beacon Street, Room 546, Boston, MA 02133 or to the charity of your choice.

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Edith C. Esterene

Apr 30, 1953 - Feb 07, 2024

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Roxbury, MA

Our dearest Mom, Edith Esterene, passed away too soon, leaving behind a legacy of love and kindness that touched so many lives. Born on April 30, 1953, in Panama Central America, she was the beloved daughter of Peter Esterene from South Carolina and Inocencia Henry-Vernon from Bocas Del Toro Panama. Mom was the heart of so many families and friends. She was a beacon of love and strength. She leaves behind three of four children who adored her: Indira Biggs-Alvarez, Franklin Biggs (deceased), Huey Cooper, and Giovanni Cooper, along with their spouses Abraham Alvarez and Osa Hill-El. She was a cherished grandmother to Gloria Alvarez, I. Indy Alvarez, and Abraham Alvarez Jr. She also leaves behind her last surviving sister, Amanda Vernon, and a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, all of whom were touched by her warmth and compassion. Throughout her life, Mom wore many hats with grace and dedication. She worked tirelessly in the banking industry as a branch supervisor, and later in the medical sector, both in the lab and the ER. But it was her role as a case manager at the Mass Association for the Blind and the Visually Impaired that truly exemplified her spirit of service. There, she advocated passionately for those with sight challenges, ensuring they had access to the resources they needed to thrive. Mom's compassion knew no bounds. As the mother of a son with autism, she became a fierce advocate for individuals with autism, dedicating herself to raising awareness and understanding in her community. Beyond her professional and advocacy work, Mom had a passion for nurturing life in all its forms. She cultivated lush gardens that transformed her home into a vibrant oasis, and her love for crystals filled her living space with beauty and energy. Every Saturday, when we were younger, she enlisted our help in caring for her beloved plants and crystals, teaching us the importance of responsibility and appreciation for the natural world. Though we mourn her passing, we take solace in knowing that Mom is now at peace, free from pain and worry, in a better place. Her love will continue to guide us, her memory will always be cherished, and her legacy of kindness will live on in the lives she touched. Rest in peace, dearest Mom. You will forever remain in our hearts. With all our love, Your Children To to the family or in memory of Edith C. Esterene, please

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Eileen O'Driscoll

Jun 10, 1924 - Feb 10, 2024

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West Roxbury, MA

O’Driscoll Eileen, 99 of West Roxbury passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, February 10th. Eileen was born in Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland on June 10, 1924, the daughter of the late Corneilus and Catherine O’Driscoll. She immigrated to the Boston area in 1948. Beloved sister of Kathleen Love, Corneilus O’Driscoll, Michael O’Driscoll and the late Denis O’Driscoll, Maureen Ridge and Patrick O’Driscoll. Also, survived by many nieces and nephews. Eileen was a remarkable lady ahead of her time. She embodied the best of qualities: unconditional love, strength of spirit and an unending generosity that could be seen in her loving care of her parents, entire family and countless others. Although she was a proud American and dedicated to local politics, a piece of her heart always remained in Dear Old Skibbereen. A Funeral Mass of Celebration will be planned for June 10th at St. Theresa’s Church West Roxbury. Directions to Funeral Home

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D'Andre J. Perkins

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Roxbury, MA

We honor the remarkable life of a beloved son, cherished brother, and inspiring role model. A master of many trades, he was a talented barber and self-taught loctician, a passionate basketball player with a history as a Pop Warner football player for the Boston Bengals, an entrepreneur, a viral content creator, a public figure, and a musician who radiated life and ambition. As a former Youth Usher at Ebenezer Baptist Church, he embodied the spirit of peace instilled by his devout Christian mother. His indomitable spirit transcended boundaries, refusing to be confined by statistics or societal limits. Born a miracle, he viewed the world with wonder and hope, leaving an indelible mark at the tender age of 21. His laughter and light extended to a vast family of aunts, uncles, great aunts, uncles, cousins, and an inclusive brotherhood of adopted siblings welcomed by his mother, Demitra E. Perkins. His legacy will continue to inspire peace and perseverance in the hearts of all who knew him. To to the family or in memory of D'Andre J. Perkins, please

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Ny'Asia Ashley President

Born : Jan 13, 2000

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Roxbury, MA

Ny’Asia Ashley President affectionally known by family as “Ny” was born on January 13, 2000 to Eric and Tara President in Boston, Massachusetts. Ny’Asia was the only child and her parents’ greatest gift. Ny'Asia was fortunate enough to attend Bedford Public Schools from elementary school to high school. She worked hard to maintain good grades; graduating with honors from Bedford High School. She participated in competitive swimming with the Flaherty Dolphins of Roslindale. While attending high school and swimming competitively, she worked as a Team Supervisor at Dunkin' Donuts for several years. Ny’Asia attended UMass Dartmouth, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Health and Society in 2022. She made Dean's List the first two years and subsequently the Chancellor's List the next two years; graduating Magna Cum Laude. She loved the analytical aspect of science and decided to change career paths and became a Certified Pharmacy Technician. She joined the Big Brothers and Sisters program in college and mentored a wonderful young lady, Gloria. She always cherished this relationship. They would both earn the "Best Match as a Mentor 2019-2021". Ny’Asia joined the STEMMING while Black program during college which is a multicultural program catering to students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. After graduating, she became certified as a Clinical Research Associate and was accepted as a team member at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Research Department. She felt she could make a difference in the lives of the patients and their families affected by cancer. To reward herself for this major milestone in her life, she purchased a brand new car. Ny’Asia possessed an endless amount of energy. She insatiable desire for learning and helping people. She filmed tutorials on makeup application on You Tube and assisted others with marketing and event planning. Ny’Asia familial relationships were of the utmost importance to her. She cherished time with her grandparents; whether it was watching television, shopping at the mall or dining at a nice restaurant. We will certainly miss her candor, intellect and beautiful SMILE. She leaves cherished memory to her parents, Eric and Tara President; Grandparents Josie and George Summers. Aunts and uncles; Ida (Arthur) Sturdivant, Willie (Beverly) President, Viola (late Charles) Wilson, Rose President, Carol (Charles) Cooper, Ernest (Patricia) President, Theresa (Michael) Grannum, Gregory (Marilyn) Butler, Regina (Keving Kerr) Butler and Tony Butler. Godparents ;Fanita Grubbs, Cassandra Davis and Marietta Mitchell. She will also be lovingly remembered by a host of cousins' extended family and her dearest friends Shaakira Mierez, Alexis Alexander and Monica Thai. She leaves a legacy of love and fond memories.

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James E. Potter

May 08, 1948 - Feb 11, 2024

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West Roxbury, MA

James E. Potter of Natick passed away on February 11, 2024, at the VA Hospital in West Roxbury at the age of 75. Beloved husband of Margaret (Doucette) Potter. He was born in Cambridge to the late Everett and Alice (Eastman) Potter. Devoted father of Thomas Potter and his wife Terryn of Northbridge, Kevin Potter of Chepachet, RI and Christine Chmielak and her husband Charles of Collierville, TN. Loving grandfather of James and Michael Potter, Lily, Cora, and Maeve Chmielak and MaKayla Chauvin. Jim was a graduate of Natick High School class of 1966. Following graduation he worked as warehouse manager for Sears. Jim was drafted into the Army in 1967 and served in the Vietnam War with the 101st Airborne. He was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries received in combat. Following his return from Vietnam, Jim married the love of his life, Peggy. Jim’s life was his family. He coached his children’s soccer teams for several years. Jim could always be found cheering on his children and grandchildren at soccer, football, cheering, track, and dance recitals. He enjoyed family vacations in York, Maine and was the biggest Bruins fan you have ever met. He was a proud member of VFW, American Legion, DAV, and the Elks in Natick. Funeral Service in the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home 4 Park Street NATICK COMMON on Saturday February 17th at 1pm. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Interment St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Natick. Visiting hours will be held Friday, February 16th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Mr. Potter may be made to Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758516 Topeka KS 66675. For directions and guest book please visit www.everettfuneral.com

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Ernest J. Thomas

Nov 25, 1934 - Feb 10, 2024

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West Roxbury, MA

"Ernie" Thomas of West Roxbury passed away on February 10, 2024 at the age of 89. Ernie was a lifelong fan of Elvis Presley, and of Boston's sports teams. He will be remembered for his jovial spirit, as well as his dedication to his family, friends and dogs, most recently his close companion named, of course, "Elvis." Ernie was the beloved son of the late Marshall and Sophie (Haddad) Thomas. Loving brother of the late Victoria, George, Herbert and Marshall "Junior" Thomas. He is survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Kfoury Keefe Funeral Home Friday at 11:00 a.m. Funeral Mass at 12:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Cedars of Lebanon Church 61 Rockwood St. Jamaica Plain. Visiting hours at the Funeral Home Thursday 4:00-7:00 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Ernie will be reunited with his parents and siblings at Mt. Benedict Cemetery in West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Ernie's memory to Our Lady of the Cedars of Lebanon Church or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Please see details below under DONATIONS. To to the family or in memory of Ernest J. Thomas, please

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Stella L. Williams

Sep 06, 1948 - Jan 29, 2024

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Roxbury, MA

Stella L. Williams was born on September 6, 1948 in Durham, North Carolina and entered into eternal rest on January 29, 2024. She was daughter of the late Deacon Palmer Cohen and Mary Alice Cohen and was the first of ten children. She was raised by her grandparents, the late Reverend Tillman Bagley and Louise Bagley. At an early age, Stella joined and was baptized at Pilgrim Baptist Church in North Carolina. She graduated from Merrick-Moore High School in Durham, NC in 1964. During her high school years, she performed in a singing group with Shirley Caesar and family. After high school, she moved to New Jersey and here she met and married the late Loice Williams Jr. in 1967. They moved to Cincinnati, OH where she gave birth to her only child, Tiarra. Stella moved to Boston to be closer to her family. During that time she attended Boston State College, and then went on to graduate from University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. She was the first college graduate in the family. She retired from Boston Public Schools in Law Enforcement in 2014. For 33 years, she mentored, and became the source of guidance for many young lives. No matter where she went, she was always approached by those who she touched over the years. While her daughter was in college, she met a special friend, Joe Lawson. For 35 years, they shared their lives, enjoying moments with friends and gathering with family. Their chopped barbecue was always a hit among everyone. In her spare time, Stella immersed herself in reading, listening to music - particularly Maxwell - and indulging in Westerns. A fondness for shoes and purses complemented her interests. She was astute in matters of public affairs, global events, and pop culture, but above all, she valued her love of God. Stella adored her family. She was an amazing mother to her daughter TeeCee (Tiarra) who was absolutely her everything. They were best friends and each other’s confidants, caring for one another through all of life’s journey. She was proud when her daughter married her beloved son-in- law, Chris, who she cherished as the son she never had. She treasured her grandsons which she nicknamed Boo Boo One and Boo Boo Two. Ganny enjoyed spending quality time with them whether it was exploring, driving them around, or spoiling them with gifts and laughter. You couldn’t talk to her without her mentioning how proud she was of them. She looked forward to spending every birthday and holiday with her family. Stella was the matriarch of the family and always said, “I’m the boss of all of you.” Her generous spirit embodied love in its truest form. She was known for sharing her wisdom with kind words of encouragement and sharing her love through her sense of humor. She cultivated meaningful connections with each of her nieces and nephews, giving them all unique nicknames. Stella had a deep affection for her siblings, regularly reaching out to each of them. The Bagley Family Reunions and Cohen Family BBQs brought her joy, savoring moments of laughter and cherished time with loved ones. Her heart of gold was always on display for anyone who needed it. If you knew her, she was probably one of your close friends, if not your best friend. Stella was a loving and caring mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She leaves to cherish her memories; her daughter Tiarra Bentley, son-in-law Christopher Bentley. Her two grandsons; Christopher Bryce Bentley and Chandler Bentley. Her nine (9) sisters and brothers: Palmer Leon Cohen (deceased), Larry Cohen (deceased), Kenneth Cohen, Anthony Cohen (Beverly), Gerald Cohen, Betty Cohen, Gail Kelsey (Charles), Gina Cohen, and Wendy Cohen all of Boston, MA. Her aunts Margaret Allen of Boston, MA and Amelia Brown of Durham, NC. Her special friend; Joe Lawson. A host of loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

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Gracia Patricia Mitchell

Nov 17, 1950 - Feb 07, 2024

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Roxbury, MA

In Loving Memory of Gracia Patricia Mitchell With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our beloved Gracia (Grace) P. Mitchell who departed from this world on February 7, 2024, at 73 years old. A wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, Grace was a beacon of strength, resilience, and love, cherished by those who knew her. Born on November 17, 1950, in St. Michael, Barbados, Grace faced adversity from a youthful age, losing her own mother early in life. With her siblings, she weathered numerous storms, assuming roles of caregiver and provider, shouldering responsibilities far beyond her years. Grace was the devoted wife of Jeffrey A. Mitchell, with whom she shared many years of love, laughter, and cherished memories. Together, they built a life grounded in personal sacrifice and endurance after migrating to the United States in 1980. As a mother, Grace was the epitome of selflessness and devotion. She was blessed with four wonderful children: Sophia G. Holder, Lisa K. McCall, Twanisha M. Johnson, and James M. Mitchell. Grace poured her heart and soul into raising her children, imparting upon them the values of family, integrity, and hard work. Her love knew no bounds. To her children, she was consistently there to offer prayer and faith (always first), guidance, encouragement, and unconditional love. Grace was also a doting grandmother who adored her grandchildren (including her four-legged grands). She cherished every moment spent with them, whether it was cooking, baking, reading, playing games, or simply sharing stories and laugher. Her love and wisdom will be treasured by her grandchildren. Grace’s memory will be forever cherished by her loving family and friends. Though she may no longer be with us in body, her spirit will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved her. Grace will be deeply missed but never forgotten. May she rest in peace knowing that her legacy of resilience, love, kindness, and compassion will continue to illuminate rightly in the lives of those she touched. Go forward, Grace, knowing that your light shines on! Feed the Children at

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